War in Ukraine: Valerii Iakovenko on using drones for military defense

Podcast by Mike Buryk with Valeriy Iakovenko, a cofounder and the CEO of the Ukrainian tech firm DroneUA.

Today drones are playing a key role in the defense of Ukraine in the war with Russia. Valerii Iakovenko points out that his company’s primary mission is to provide drones for agriculture. However, it had to pivot to assist Ukraine’s military during the Russo-Ukraine war with drones for air reconnaissance, directing weapons fire and conducting search and rescue operations.

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